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Direct Denture Care FAQs

Questions about how to care for your Dentures? Here, Direct Denture Care provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions about Dentures.

Will Dentures affect my appearance?

As well as making the inside your mouth feel different, Complete Dentures will make your face look different too. By providing essential support to your facial muscles and features, they can actually make you appear younger. Where your new Dentures replace any front teeth, you might feel that the denture teeth are too far forward or your lips are too thick. Rest assured that your Dentures will have been positioned to be where your natural teeth once were, and this feeling will soon disappear.

Will Dentures affect my speech?

Many people find that their speech effected while their tongue and lips get used to the new shape of their Dentures, but wearing them will actually improve your speech. To aid the process of adjustment, reading aloud can help, as can counting from 65 – 70 (these sounds can be particularly tricky to form). It is common to salivate more, which can affect your speech. Sipping water often helps thin down saliva and you'll also find that you can improve the situation by simply swallowing more often.

Will Dentures affect the way I eat?

Returning your jaw to its natural position may affect your chewing and biting ability in the short-term, but it won’t be long before things improve. In the beginning, you should avoid tough, hard and sticky foods and take smaller bites of food, while you get used to your new bite and tooth position. Try to chew on both sides of your mouth at the same time, and chew up and down as opposed to side to side.

When can I wear my Dentures?

While it is up to you when you wear your Dentures and how long you wear them for, we do recommend that you remove your Dentures while you sleep to give your gums a needed break. If you would rather not, then removing your dentures when you are in private, even for a short while, allows your mouth to rest.

Will Dentures make my gums sore?

While we will design your Dentures to be as comfortable as possible, it is not uncommon to develop pressure points and sore spots under and around your Dentures while your mouth and gums adjust. By making small alterations to the denture surface, we can bring added comfort to your Dentures, ensuring that you are entirely happy with their fit.

How should I store my Dentures?

Allowing Dentures to dry out is not advised, as they are designed to function in a moist environment. If you remove them at night to allow your gum tissues to rest, then ensure that you store your Dentures in either a glass of water or your preferred denture soak. If your Dentures do dry out, soak them in a glass of water prior to insertion.

How should I clean my Dentures?

Clean all of the Denture surface every day, taking care to remove any denture adhesives on a daily basis, including any parts that come into contact with your gums. To remove food debris, use a denture cream with a specially designed denture brush, and then soak your dentures in a specialist solution to keep them fresh. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

Will my Dentures break easily?

While your Dentures will be made from a resilient material, we recommend that when cleaning dentures you do so low over a full basin of water. In this way if they are dropped they hit the water and not the hard sink and fracture the denture acrylic avoiding the need for an unnecessary emergency denture repair.

Why do I need to clean my Dentures on a daily basis?

A normal and healthy oral cavity harbours hundreds of bacterial species that can aggravate infection and cause oral inflammation, so keeping your Dentures clean on a daily basis is essential for good oral hygiene.

What Denture Cleaner should I use?

Conventional toothpastes are not suitable for cleaning dentures and may cause permanent damage your Dentures, but there are many Denture Cleaners available. It is very important to keep your dentures clean with the appropriate denture cleaners, and you should never use bleach or boiling water.

Can I wear my Dentures at night?

Wearing dentures at night during sleep is common as many patients feel embarrassed about removing their dentures in front of their partner. If this is the case then you may prefer to soak your dentures in an appropriate cleaning solution before you go to bed allowing you to wear clean dentures during sleep. Any denture must be spotlessly cleaned at night to avoid any decay or irritation overnight especially if you still have natural standing teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

A Dental Implant is a small titanium screw that replaces the root of your missing tooth. Titanium has biocompatible properties, which means that a Dental Implant will fuse naturally with your jawbone, acting as a safe and secure alternative to your own root. As well as making sure that your Partial or Complete Denture is comfortable and stays put, a Dental Implant will stimulate your bone tissue, helping to promote the overall health of your jaw and mouth.

How will Dental Implants stabilise my Dentures?

The advantages of Dental Implants include:

  • Making your Dentures look, feel and function like your own natural teeth
  • Restoring your natural speech and taste (no false Denture palate)
  • Stimulating the tissue in your jawbone to maintain your facial structures, helping you look younger
  • Removing the need to grind down any healthy adjacent teeth (as required for a fitted Partial Denture)
  • Eliminating the discomfort of ill-fitting Dentures and the need for Denture Adhesives
  • Providing a permanent tooth replacement solution

If you have your own Direct Denture Care FAQs, please get in touch and we will happy to answer any questions you might have.

How should I clean my Dental Implants?

Much like your own natural teeth, Dental Implants will last a lifetime if you care for them in the right way. Develop a daily routine to keep your implants clean, and you will avoid any gum inflammation or risk of infection.

Ensure that you clean around the head of your implants to prevent a build up of plaque which could lead to gum infections, bleeding and soreness. For areas that are difficult to clean with a normal toothbrush and toothpaste, try flossing and using small inter-dental toothbrushes.

Chlorhexidine can help tissue recover from any inflammation and reduce the occurrence of plaque. Cervitec Gel combines Chlorhexidine with fluoride, and is clinically proven to strengthen teeth and protect from tooth decay. Use the gel to brush around your individual Dental Implants and any of your own natural teeth.

If you do not care for your Dental Implants appropriately, any infection you might subsequently develop could lead to loss of one or several implants.

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"My gums are very flat but I can eat anything with these dentures that Lee has made me. I keep nagging my wife to get herself some from Lee. Still more pork crackling for me lol."
Mr Dawson from Fareham
"I have never been able to wear dentures until I came to see you and you made me a Swiss set. You have achieved a miracle."
Reverend Halahan
"I am absolutely delighted with my new dentures. I can smile with complete confidence again... thanks to you."
Mrs A from Petersfield
"I can't believe it! I've had these dentures for a year with no soreness whatsoever. It's wonderful."
Mrs Williams from Waterlooville
"The treatment was worth every penny... and I'm a Scot!."
Mrs McB from Portsmouth
"Finally, I have new dentures that fit me like a glove. They are just so comfortable and eating has become a pleasure once more."
Ms P from Dorset
"I went to Lee Butler based on a recommendation from a friend in Winchester... I am glad I did - my new dentures are lifelike and comfortable."
Mrs M from Worthing
"Perfect. I've been a denture wearer for 20 years and these [new ones] are by far the best I've had."
Mr C from Guildford
"Hello lee, just to let you know how pleased I am you have helped me smile again, many thanks,you can go to the top of the class and give the pencils out, i may even get a louis jordan played for you on angel radio next sunday..march 26th around 9 oo pm so listen in cheers and thanks again"
Mrs P
"Dear Lee & Ed, Firstly thank you so very much for my new dentures which will completely transform my life goin forward. Having completely given up on dentist after many a bad experience it came to the point where I needed to find a solution as my teeth became loose and we're falling out, this coupled with being very very nervous led me on my search.I discovered Lee and his company on the Internet and thought their is the face of a man I can trust! Ask my wife I'm not right about much but this decision was probably the best and most spot on decision I have ever made.Firstly Lee is a gentleman and very caring person and secondly he is probably the best denture maker in Hampshire if not the country.His partner in crime Ed once again I found to be the best dentist I have ever received u treatment from and I have seen a few, Ed is a TOP MAN and wonderfully caring and competent Dentist. My absolute fear of Dentists has gone as I have fantastic new dentures and a winning smile the perfect Solution from a fantastic Team! Thanks a million to all the team especially Lee & Ed."
Mike Bunday